If you bought a 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro laptop between September 2015 and February 2017, you might just have a fire hazard on your lap.
According to Health Canada's recalls list, 15-inch Apple MacBook Pros have hazardous batteries that could overheat, causing potential fires. The company recommends that owners of Apple MacBook Pros cease their use immediately and to send their computer in for a free repair.
As of June 4th, there's been only one reported incident and no injuries in Canada. In the United States, however, the company has received 26 reports along with five reports of minor burns and one report of smoke inhalation.
In Canada, approximately 26,000 hazardous units were sold to customers between 2015 and 2017. In the United States, nearly 432,000 hazardous 15-inch Apple MacBook Pros were sold.
Make sure to verify whether you purchased yours in the States or in Canada. If you bought your MacBook online, it's likely it came from the U.S. so keep that in mind.
It's recommended that users immediately stop using their 15-inch Apple MacBook Pros and to send them into Apple to get free repairs. Repairs can take up to 2 weeks.
Before you send your MacBook for repair, make sure to verify if yours is indeed affected by imputing your MacBook's serial number on this website.
Recalled computers are ones with the 15.4-inch (diagonal) display, 2.2-2.5 GHz processors, 256 GB-1 TB solid-state storage, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, two USB 3 ports, and one HDMI port. Make sure to check your computer's serial number.
The batteries in the recalled computers overheat and can pose a fire hazard. Already a few people in the United States have sustained injuries because of faulty batteries.
Recalls are for MacBooks sold between September 2015 and February 2017.
To verify if your MacBook is under recall, visit Apple's official website.
To see the full details of the recall, visit Health Canada.